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Thursday, January 24, 2013

How did you meet your significant other?

If you're in a relationship, how did you meet your significant other? Here's our story from six years ago...

One cold February night, my friends hosted a small party to watch the Academy Awards. I got there early and was relaxing on the sofa, eating my weight in guacamole and analyzing red carpet dresses. (Reese Witherspoon was a big hit that year.) There were a handful of people at the party, when all of a sudden, a handsome bespectacled guy walked in. He was completely my type, and I knew I wanted him to sit by me, so I curled up on the sofa so no one would take the spot. Finally, after mixing cocktails for what seemed like hours, he headed over to find a seat. I sat up straight again and was like, "Oh, you can sit here, if you want." To my enormous pleasure, he did! Our first conversation was about how he had painted his apartment that weekend; and at one point, our knees brushed, which made my heart race. At the end of the party, we said goodbye and I gave him a lingering glance, which I hoped conveyed how smitten I already was.

(What happened next? He was a wuss so I had to ask him out to dinner!)

How did you meet your significant other? Anyone meet through online dating? (Tons of my friends have.) I'd love to hear...

P.S. Do you stay friends with your exes? And do you ever worry that you won't meet your soulmate?

(Photo of Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward)

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Sian said...

We met in high school - I saw a handsome guy with a cool band t-shirt on and started a conversation about the band, then flirted shamelessly until he asked me out..

Anna Louisa said...

We met in college...he was a senior and I was a freshman. Cradle robber! :) The years of long-distance after he graduated that spring were so worth it.

www.anna-bird.com

... said...

geez that is cute

sbt said...

I met my husband at speed dating!!

hyunmi jo said...

I wish I could be brave when it comes to finding the right one!

Taylor said...

I knew of him through some friends that we went to high school with, but I'd never really talked to him. My best friend had a birthday party and he showed up. We ended up talking for hours and he asked me out on a date a few weeks later. We've been together over two years now and I love him more every day.

Alex Post said...

I was waiting anxiously to leave an awful fraternity party while my friend was doing her round of goodbyes I sat at the door when it opened and standing in front of me was a guy dressed in a full suit and tie to which I said, "wow someone's dressed up" and he retorted "wow someone's enthusiastic" I then introduced myself, and he replied with his name and went to his room. I never thought I'd see him again but I knew I was in love. Two night later I was leaving the college town pizza place at 1am with a drunk crying friend as I was leaving my future boyfriend enters hand yet again we have a doorway exchange. This time he said, "oh you again, I never got your number" and the rest is history!

Alex Post said...

I was waiting anxiously to leave an awful fraternity party while my friend was doing her round of goodbyes I sat at the door when it opened and standing in front of me was a guy dressed in a full suit and tie to which I said, "wow someone's dressed up" and he retorted "wow someone's enthusiastic" I then introduced myself, and he replied with his name and went to his room. I never thought I'd see him again but I knew I was in love. Two night later I was leaving the college town pizza place at 1am with a drunk crying friend as I was leaving my future boyfriend enters hand yet again we have a doorway exchange. This time he said, "oh you again, I never got your number" and the rest is history!

Chloe Moon said...

I waved at a friend I've known for years in a crowded bar, and my boyfriend saw me instead. He thought I was waving at him and came over to me...We clicked, but he left the bar. The next weekend I was at the same bar and he decided to check in to see if I was there...Our eyes met and he bee-lined to me. About 20 minutes later and a cigarette disappearing trick later, he asked me out to dinner. =)

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Kipin Alexander said...

My husband and I met on orientation day our freshman year of college. We had known each other as toddlers, and our parents recognized one another. It was awkward, but fate interceded when I walked into my Bio lab and he was assigned to be my lab partner! Everything happens for a reason...

Chimmy said...

i'm still hoping to meet him! and lately i've been wonderfing if i already have! it would be so crazy if a guy from my past ended up being the guy...

i haven't tried online dating yet... where do i even begin? there are so many sites and it is so not organic to me, but i'm open to it.

K and/or K said...

We were in the same cooking group in high school home-ec class. 18 years later...we still spend a lot of time hanging out in the kitchen!

Rachel said...

I met my fiance (tying the knot in May!) in our apartment building - he was my next-door neighbor (the non-traditional "boy next door"). I had moved to Milwaukee from Ohio in July 2008, we met a couple of weeks later, realized we love all the same music and bonded over our love of trivia, borad games and watching silly YouTube clips. It's always a little tricky when attempting to date someone you share a wall with, but I think from the instant we both knew this one was going to stick :)

Laurel Hammond said...

I met mine on my 21st birthday! We have been together ever since. :)

Jess said...

Fun post! I love sharing our story...my husband and I were set up by (gulp) my mother! She works with him and had been mentioning him to me for months. I could not be set up on a blind date by my mother so I kept saying no until finally another of their co-workers intervened, gave him my email address, and now...7 years, 1 wedding, and 1 sweet baby girl later...we're happy as clams! We said at our wedding that our marriage was "arrainged" ha!

Meredith said...

I have no significant other--and definitely sometimes worry that I won't meet my soulmate. I'm wise enough to know I'd rather be single than be with the wrong person.

I relate to your 28-year-old worries. As I approach 33, it's HARD not to be stressed over it. I'd like to have kids, and it seems like there is no way that will ever happen a lot of the time! Often friends try to tell me "oh, don't worry, women have kids into their 40s now!" but I don't want to be in my 40s and having a first child--it seems unfair to the child.

I still hope I'll meet the right guy someday.

Kelly Rae said...

We met through a mutual friend and then he invited me to the regional burning man in Texas (Flipside). The following year we were engaged. Now we are married and have a sweet baby.

Belle on Heels said...

My husband and I have the best/worst "how we met" story. I had just been dumped in the most mortifying fashion and was having a really hard time getting over it. The night of the college football national championship, one of my girlfriends came to my house and told me she was taking me to a bar to drink. She said I didn't need to dress up or feel the need to be social, but I needed to get out of the house.

So we went to the local bar (small town) and sat down and I started throwing back tequila shots. The bar started to get quite crowded before the start of the game and group of guys walked in. I immediately thought one of the guys was hot and before I could say anything, they walked over to our table. It turned out that my friend knew all of them and since we were sitting at the only table that still had available seats, they asked if they could sit with us. At this point, I was drunk out of my mind. My friend warned them that we were there because I had been through a bad breakup and wanted to get drunk and complain about my ex. They said they didn't care and they all sat down.

I proceeded to be a HUGE bitch to all of the guys and continued to drink. The night ended with the hot guy's housemate holding back my hair as I threw up on Main Street. Yikes. For some reason I still haven't figured out, the hot guy found all of this to be rather endearing. He made it known to my friend that he was interested in me and patiently waited until I was ready to be in the company of men again and asked for my number. We went on our first date almost exactly one month after we met and were engaged 10 months later!

Definitely not a romantic, star-crossed lovers story, but it makes us laugh and it's very "us".

caitlin said...

my friend sarah and i had just moved across the country to oregon and unloading furniture from a u-haul when i heard sarah talking to someone outside. i had paused inside for some orange juice, and when i peeked out the window and saw the cute neighbor fellow she was chatting with, i hid! (we had been moving all day, i wasn't at my best!) anyway, they wouldn't shut up so i ended up going out to introduce myself, since i didn't want to be a creeper. he started pursuing me right away but it took quite a while for me to warm up to the idea of dating someone, since i had just moved to a new city. five years later... :)

hugsandquiches said...

My first friend at college said she wanted me to meet one of her friends who she thought I would like 'because you're both virgins and into marching band'. I dated another guy for a year, but became best friends with the first guy, and now we've been dating for over 3 years ^-^

Joshua and Ashley said...

We met in the college dorms. He saw me walk into my room, told his friend I was the most gorgeous girl he'd ever seen, so he and came up to knock on my door to ask me to play eukre with them. I said yes. My heart melted when his friend confirmed that's actually what he said

Chelsea MacMeekin said...

We met through mutually friends over a summer while I was in college. I liked him but had some reservations. He finally wore me down and we've been together 10 years, married for 4!

Chelsea
Haute Child in the City

baseball matter said...

A mutual friend brought him to my 30th bday party (almost exactly four years ago). I love that I vividly remember the first time I saw his face. We got engaged three months later and married six months after that.

circlecitytwentysix said...

I actually did meet my boyfriend through online dating! We exchanged emails at the beginning of December and our first date was only a couple of days after we began conversing. It has been wonderful spending time with him - and a lot of the uncomfortable interactions I have had before with dating are removed because we already knew we shared similar interests and life goals from reading each others profiles. I feel like I have known him for so much longer than the almost two months we have been together!

RitaMarie_78 said...

I waited what seemed like forever to meet my soul mate... but it was well worth it and what a soul mate he is!

We met online on match.com (they even posted our success story!). The catch is... our first date was April 9, 2012, he proposed September 1, 2012, and we were married December 21, 2012! Just when I thought it may never happen... zing, bam, boom!

It happens when it happens and I'm so glad I was open to it and a relationship with him. He is everything I'd want in a husband/ life partner... he becomes more awesome every day. I am truly lucky!

coasterkim said...

We met at a wedding. My step-mom used to be married to his uncle. So his cousins are my step-brother and step-sister! But we had never met until my step-brother's wedding. My step-mom always thought we'd be a good match and arranged to have us both seated at the same table at the reception. He asked me to dance right away and I was immediately smitten. I tracked him down afterwards through his sister on Facebook and we had our first date that next month. We were married in May!

hooleywithaz.com said...

we went to high school together but met through mutual friends over 4th of july weekend the year i graduated from college. our friends were being cranky all weekend, so we started talking and really hit it off. he asked me out 3 months later, moved to iowa 3 months after that, moved back to minnesota 8 months after that, and two years later we were married!

Katie Peterson said...

We met when my boyfriend at the time invited him to come over for a movie night with a big group. The moment I saw him, I wanted to dump my current boyfriend and run away with him. Looking back 5 years later, I think that probably would have been the right thing to do. But, at the time I figured that what I was feeling was just a "grass is always greener" notion. So, I dug my heels into my current relationship for another 3 months. By the time I broke up with my boyfriend, my future fiancé had a new girlfriend of his own. Horror! I wrangled his phone number out of his ex-girlfriend and kept tabs on him for the next 2 years until the stars aligned. This time around, he passed up an opportunity to move back home to Canada for me and we were swept up in the easiest, most natural and most fun relationship either of us has been in. We’re getting married in August!

Sofia Galadza said...

I met my husband just a few weeks after that Oscars!!! I remember because I wanted to copy Reese's bangs, so I did. We met at a little coffee shop called 71 Irving (do you know it?) to discuss being roommates. He was friends with a friend of mine from work and had just moved to NY from Chicago to work at a little architecture firm downtown. It was a tad flirty and I knew I'd be jealous if he brought a girl back to our pad. So a few days later, I told him he couldn't be my roommate because I don't date roommates. Haha..also told him he's "crush material"! Such a dork..Anyway, he said he was hoping I would say that. He was too cowardly to do it because he was afraid I didn't feel the same way and then he'd lose me AND the cool apartment. I helped him find another place...down the street from me and the best dating of my life ensued. A year later we were engaged. I'm still amazed how easily and quickly it happened. I'm one lucky gal. Thanks for letting me relive that for a minute. Now back to work...

Hannah said...

We met at McFadden's in Manhattan ... pretty much the least likely place to find someone relationship-worthy. But it's proof that you can still meet someone randomly at a bar :)

Rachel said...

my husband lived in las vegas, nevada and i was in ontario, canada. we were introduced through his sister and my boss (who went to vegas a lot). after plenty of emails, phone calls and visits he proposed and i moved to las vegas, just one year after we were "introduced" through email.

Lauren VanDerwerken said...

How funny the picture you chose! My english teacher was telling us all the hollywood crushes she had when she was our age, and Paul Newman was her favorite! She went on and on, and then quoted from memory: "Why go out for a hamburger when you have steak at home?". She is too funny.

PS your story is so cute! It's probably so fun to watch the Oscars together every year and think back to the night you met!!

XO

Melissa said...

I actually met my husband through eHarmony! Honestly, I had pretty much given up on happily ever after to the point that I was putting aside an "adoption fund" so that I could fulfill my life long dream of having children by myself if needed.
I think that I fell in love with my husband on our second date. I walked into the restaurant, noticed a really cute guy at the bar, did a double-take and realized that he was there waiting for me! I know now that the reason why I was put through all the trials and tribulations of dating was to make me a better person in preparation for meeting him!

Megan M-R said...

I spent a summer in Berlin two years ago, and we met my third day there at a coffee shop. :) He sat across from me and I asked him a question how many stamps I needed to send a postcard home to DC. He asked me where I was from and we ended up talking for hours at that coffee shop. The best part was when we found out I was staying (through Airbnb) in the same apartment building he lived in! He offered me his bicycle for the summer and when I went that evening to pick it up I thanked him by taking him out for drinks. We closed the place down and spent all our time together after that. I went back home at the end of the summer and he moved to be with me a few months later. Now we are married and living in San Francisco. :)

Hooray! ;)

Emily said...

My fiance and I met through Match.com exactly three years ago. I had been at it for years, spent God-only-knows how much money on online dating services. It was worth every penny, and every previous bad date!

Nicole said...

I was eating dinner with a friend at our college campus restaurant sophomore year and this guy placed a napkin on the table in front of me and walked out. I opened it up to read "I saw you and wanted you to have this" and his phone number. We ended up dating for 6 years until we got married in 2011 and we had the original napkin turned into an image and printed on napkins for our reception!

anniecardi.com said...

My husband and I met at first year orientation at college. He sat down next to me when we were being shown videos about college life. When they showed a shot of a dorm room with a Titanic poster, he leaned over and said "I'm totally getting that poster," and I replied with "I'm getting the wallpaper." We immediately connected, but we didn't actually start dating until the following year.

Fiona said...

Here is how we met (as written by my fiancee for our wedding website lol):

"It all started by meeting at a house party in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. For those that don’t know there are a few things to note here. — Sunset Park, historically wasn’t exactly known for it’s safety (although it has come a long way in 15 years). But, to tell Andre to go to a house party on a Friday night, in that part of Brooklyn, was the opposite of enticing.

Being unaware of the early 90s nickname “Gunset Park”, Fiona was all-game to go. Andre got to the party pretty late, Fiona noticed him right as he came in. She thought he was cute, he thought she was 1. rather tall, 2. rather cute as well. (Spoiler Alert: Fiona was wearing heels).

Sofia (a co-worker to Andre at the time, and a longtime childhood friend to Fiona), introduced the two of them. As the night progressed, they dominantly tried to stay away from each other, trying so hard to avoid the ever sickening “I have a friend that thinks we should be together game”, but that didn’t work as they kept finding each other’s company and laughing at the same things. After finding out they were genuinely interested in each other, they swapped numbers.

Note: “Smooth-Move Andre” Guy gets girl’s digits. (Hi-five!)

They texted each other pretty consistently over the next three days, Andre asks Fiona to meet up for drinks at Bryant Park. Andre was excited to get a ‘yes’ to this date and proceeded to plan his next moves. Fiona, in typical female fashion, invited other people to meet up. For what reason? No one really knows. (Scientists maintain they’ll never truly know the answer to why women do this) BUT The night still went off without a hitch."

Now we've been living together 2 years and are getting married this June :)

ohawesomelife said...

My husband and I met working together in January 2002. We were close friends for a few years until one night out in 2005 after we had both had long-term relationships end and had a few too many drinks... I'm sure you can put the rest together. Eight years and two kids later, I'm pretty sure it was the best night that I ever drank too much.

heyheyerinmay.com said...

We met on the bus to a track meet in high school- we didn't really know each other (he was a hurdler, I a long-distance runner. Just like Romeo and Juliet) but his big goofy smile and embarrassingly skinny legs got to me. 10 years later and neither of us is in any kind of racing form, but he still makes my heart race.

Elsa de Diego said...

I met my boyfriend at Niagara Falls (Canadian side). We found each other taking pics of the falls at night time with the same camera model. It was random. I asked him what program he was using. We kept talking for almost 2 hours that night. We said good bye after exchanging emails. Next day I travelled back to Miami, where I was living at that time, and he continued his vacation in the area before he returned to Bonn, Germany, where he was living. Long story short: After doing the LD for year and a half, I finally moved to him -a month ago!- and we are now living together in Bonn. :)

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Heba said...

Wow! i feel jealous reading all these comments.. i have't met mine yet, but he's out there somewhere,right? :)

http://girlynote.blogspot.com

brookekkunz said...

my now-husband crashed a wedding with his friend! ... and ended up meeting my old roommate and her husband there. after the group chatted for awhile, my roommate thought he was a cool, single guy and wanted to set him up with a cool, single girl. thankfully, she thought of me. we went on a blind date a few weeks later. and got engaged 5 months after that. and married 4 months after that! sounds crazy now. haha.

Laying Under Stars said...

My boyfriend and I met online too! I joined OkCupid and he was the first one to message me and the first and only one I went on a date with. An hour long coffee date turned into a 3 hour date where the owners told us they were closing down and we needed to leave. He then offered to walk me home!

It was so great!

Jeannie said...

Hah reading through everyone's stories is great! My love and I met over 10 years ago, through BOY SCOUTS haha my brothers were in it, and I came along for camping trips ;)

Mason said...

We met 8 1/2 years ago in high school. He walked into my french class on the first day of school and I thought "WHO is that???!" I kind of stalked him until I forced our first conversation...during a fire drill.

Angry Asian said...

on january 29th it will be the 2 year anniversary of when my beloved emailed me via match.com! we are now engaged and i count my lucky stars that he read my sarcastic profile and emailed anyway.

Ellies Wonder said...

We were friends through middle school, high school, and college, but never dated. 3 years after college (having not kept in contact much) we reconnected at a friends wedding. A week later I moved to his city- Washington DC, and we started dating. Two months later we took a two-month trip to South Africa and while we were there we decided to elope! We've been married for 3 years now. I wouldn't have it any other way. :)

zhenusik26 said...

We met through a mutual friend with whom I had traveled abroad the summer between junior and senior year in high school. We lived in two different cities, so I would come visit my friend and one of the days she introduced me to a guy friend of hers. He was home from college for winter break. We chatted on AOL Instant Messenger for the better part of a year. We then ended up in two different colleges about 2 hours apart. Started dating Labor Day weekend freshman year (he was a junior already). We've been together 11 and a half years now, married for 6.5 of those and have an 8-month-old son.

Shelley said...

I met my fiance on AIM when we were 14 haha. A mutual friend gave me his screen name and I played a joke on him...but that led him to asking if I'd meet up after school in our downtown area for starbucks.

we were babies but we've been dating without any breakups ever since! He proposed in the park where we first met last march and we will be getting married this September after 10 years of dating.

mohaus said...

We met on a caving trip that I was leading my friends on. He was a friend of a friend who was invited to tag along.

Franzi said...

My boyfriend and me met when my girlfriend and his guyfriend started dating and they decided to have the (always kinda awkward) let's bring my girlfriends and your guyfriends together! night. We went bowling, we both sucked - I was still heartbroken because of another guy so I didn't even REALLY notice my boyfriend at that time but over the course of a couple of weeks he secretly made his way into my heart. We later found out that funnily, it wasn't his first time seeing me as he watched me perform in a schoolplay. He thought I was cute although I was dressed up as a Karl Lagerfeld lookalike :)

sev2108 said...

It was the summer of 2005. I had recently returned from Peace Corps and was living with my parents in the suburbs of San Francisco. (adult, I know). I went out with my cousin in the city one night and we met up with him (they went to grad school together). We all ended up staying out late, dancing and having a grand old time.

I was set to move across the country the next month for grad school, so I wasn't interested in meeting anyone special. But he was persistent, taking me out to dinner in the suburbs, meeting my parents(!), etc. I moved to NYC and he came to visit me (after a MONTH of dating) three times in the first six months.

Fast forward to 2008, we got engaged in NYC's Central Park, married in 2010 and are still going strong ;-)

E. and Baby P. said...

we met in college. it wasn't love at first site but he was my first love. we've been together for 18 years now and celebrated our 10th anniversary last year.

E. and Baby P. said...

we met in college. it wasn't love at first site but he was my first love. we've been together for 18 years now and celebrated our 10th anniversary last year.

LuckyRainbowDesigns said...

I LOVE 'how we met' stories!

I met my other half in October of 2006. I was on a girls night out and only really getting back to myself after a bad relationship. In a bar, I got chatting to a guy about nothing significant, but then my now other half, sat beside him. When he sat down, my view of him was slightly blocked by another person, so I sad "hey, you're blocking my view of the cute guy!" - It was then, someone said "Well go sit beside him!" - So I did, we clicked and we've been boyfriend and girlfriend ever since!

margie said...

I met my husband in 9th grade when he was my math tutor. I was TERRIBLE at math. At first I sort of hated him b/c he was a math genius and I was so terrible at it, but eventually we couldn't go a day without being together and now we have been together 16 years, married 7 years, and have a hilarious and awesome 3 year old son.

Chianne Hood said...

I'm not currently involved with anyone but I'm going to write a little fictional account of how I would like to meet my soulmate. I'm at the ceramics studio working on the potter's wheel, a handsome brunette gentleman with fantastic facial hair strolls in, gathers his supplies and takes a seat at the wheel nearest to mine. We exchange flirty glances as we work and eventually he'll compliment the piece that I'm working on, I'll then compliment his, we'll get to talking and before I leave, he'll ask for my number. Then we'll live happily ever after. :D

A girl can dream, right?

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Kristen said...

My fiance was in DC from England for a 2 week training with our military. We met on his last night here in a bar! He referred to me as darling and we shared a 'romantic meal' at subway when the bar closed. Somehow we made it work long distance for 2.5 years and are getting married this summer and will finally be together! Definitely fate.

a611b460-6657-11e2-86fc-000bcdcb2996 said...

We met on the subway in NYC. I saw him daily on my commute back from work in the evenings to Brooklyn (we learned that we worked across the street from each other in Manhattan). We would make eye contact and once smiled, and I do remember once taking a peek at what he was reading at our transfer station and it was in French. I was in a relationship though (3 years long). When my boyfriend and I broke up I cut off a foot worth of my hair that weekend. The following Monday he came up to me at the transfer station and gestured that I had cut my hair. We found out that we are both designers and he actually lives right across the street from me! We plan on moving in together in 2 months, but it's been sweet to remind ourselves "you were the one from the train".

Stephanie said...

We officially met when he transferred to my school in 7th grade. We got to be friends because a bunch of my friends who went to a different school had a crush on his best friend. But it's also possible we met before that - our dads played in the same church softball league from the time we were little kids, so it's a very real possibility we saw each other at games starting when we were about 5 years old!

Fabianna (H.Finn Jewelry) said...

We met the first day of law school at orientation because we were in the same group (which was decided alphabetically by last name - he was M and I am O) but I thought he wasn't the smartest and he thought I seemed very unfriendly. We ended up being in all the same classes first year and then finally got together our second year and have been together ever since! They say two attorneys should never date, but we fit together like two peas in a pod.

Kate Harvey said...

I have the same exact story! He was a senior, I was a freshman, and the long distance was very much worth it!

jennygen said...

We met at a Christmas party hosted by my best friend and I six years ago. He was in law school with her at the time. I answered the door when he rang the bell, and he knew who I was because he had researched who the hostesses were so he could be polite :)
Later, he held a door open for me and I said "Where ya been all my life?" He got my number and told me two weeks later that he was in love with me :) Engaged 11 months later, married six months after that!

margie said...

I should add that he was in 9th grade too- no creepers here.

mmmaggie said...

we played on the same city rec softball team for two years together before we dated. we both admit now that we had crushes on each other, but we were both in long term relationships for those first couple of years. we ended up finally being single at the same time, and after our first date on new years and our first kiss under the fireworks at midnight, we have been inseparable ever since. :)

Meg @ Mr.C and Me said...

What a sweet story!! :)

We meet freshman year of high school when he moved to my hometown. Started "dating" (or the equivalent of dating when you're only 14!) and have been together ever since. Spent 4 years together in high school, 4 years apart attending separate colleges, and finally got married. This coming November will mark 10 years that we've been in each others lives. :)

More details here... http://mrcandmeblog.wordpress.com/2011/11/12/year-8-date/

therapids said...

I met my boyfriend while on a trip through Central America. He said he had been watching me at the hostel bar all night, thinking I was with someone else. When I finally started talking to a friend we had both met separately while travelling, he took it as an in, and approached me. That night he promised to teach me how to surf if I got up at 6am the next day and took a boat with him. After that, we were inseparable, and even bought a van which we lived/toured in together for a year and a half. However, now he is back in Brazil, and I am back in Canada, and we won't be able to see each other until July. It's so difficult!

RosieB said...

I always say that my Grandma chose my boyfriend for me! Jason and I had known each other for a couple of months, and we bumped into each other one day when my Grandma and I were out having lunch. We had a really lovely chat, and afterwards Grandma kept going on about what a lovely and charming guy he was! She was smitten! ;) She even kept reading his texts to me over my shoulder!

She nudged me into seeing him again, and now we've been together for three and a half years and I've never been happier :) Just before she died in March, Jason promised her that he would take care of all her girls (my Ma, sister, and I) for her so she could pass without worrying for us all. We use the example of her blissfully happy relationship with my Grandpa as inspiration every day :)

Rosie
www.ciderwithrosiebee.blogspot.com

Mia Stizzo said...

i met mine through a friend at an outdoor park concert in my hometown. funny - my grandma actually met my grandpa at that same park at a lion's club picnic a couple years after the war. :)

oneawkwardyear said...

Two years ago I arrived late to a New Year's Eve party at a friends house in Brooklyn because I'd just spent two hours cutting out a round brush that I'd gotten stuck in my hair (long story!) and saw he'd invited this handsome, skinny, flannel shirt wearing fellow who I'd never met before. We managed to hit it off and at the end of the night he invited himself back to my place saying he'd "never been to Manhattan on New Year's Eve" - so bold! So we spend New Year's Eve..and Day together! Unless my mom asks, in which case I totally went home alone, of course ;).

Mary said...

I met my fiance at a bar on a Sunday afternoon! It was a Steelers bar in DC, so I got there early before the game started to scope out a spot in the soon-to-be crowded bar. Andrew was there watching earlier games with his best friend. I was alone waiting on my girlfriends to join me. I stood next to their booth and Andrew's friend said, "Well are you just going to stand there looking pretty and blocking our view or are you going to join us?" Of course I sat down! Andrew and I have been inseparable ever since and the friend who sassed me into joining them is the best man in our upcoming wedding!!

Fraulein Katie said...

Coincidentally through Couchsurfing in France: he was still looking for an apartment for his study abroad program, i had a weekend off and was visiting the town. Went to a "soirée du fromage et du vin" later that night with our host, and we sat in the corner chatting. And things just got better from there. :-)

Katherine Summers said...

Boyfriend and I were on the same plane to the admitted-students weekend at our soon-to-be university. My aunt worked there, so she came to pick me up and I offered him a ride. We re-met during freshman orientation while living in adjacent dorms, and seven-plus years later, the rest is history!

roundswedishhead said...

We met after I had too many cranberry vodkas at the trashiest dive bar in my hometown. I remember (vivdly) seeing him across the bar and thinking my brother would like him (because he wasn't 10 years old than me and was wearing a soccer jersey). After two extremely awkward conversations he got my number.

He was asking for weeks to hang out but I couldn't remember what he looked like, besides the soccer jersey. Finally after a long week of work he texted me to get a drink and I gave in! I remember walking into the bar and looking left to right and in the corner of the room he sat there with a smirk and little wave. I immediately thought, "My beer goggles were on point that night!"

After a few drinks I was really tired and we decided to go home. In the parking lot he walked me to my car and said he wanted to see me the next day. I asked about lunch and he told me he couldn't because he was coaching his 7 year old sister's soccer team! I DIED INSIDE! Who is this cute nice man and where did he come from!? We settled on coffee the next morning.

I jumped into my car and felt the biggest rush of happiness. I immediately called my brother and said, "I just met my future husband!" He was completely weirded out because although we are very close we never talk about relationships with each other.

That night I couldn't sleep and gushed about him to my closest friends.

He is my other half, my rock and motivates me everyday to be a better person. Simply the best.

Ellen said...

My Husband and I met in the Peace Corps. Our Country Director had invited some volunteers to a Thanksgiving dinner at his house so my girlfriends and I all went. When we showed up this extremely good looking latin guy came up and introduced himself to all of us and my immediate reaction was "Whooo is thaaaat" I thought he was related to our Country Director or a host country national, but someone told me he was new volunteer! I couldn't stop staring at him all night and finally worked up the nerve to have a converstation with him. We talked until it was time to leave. He didn't ask for my # so I was disapointed, but he did ask my friend for my number hahah. 5 years later we are married and have a baby boy!

jessicav said...

My fiance and I met back in 2005 on an airplane! i was living in chicago for the summer, and was flying from chicago to denver to visit a friend before going back to school. he was on the plane going back to san diego from boston (terrible connection flight!). we were stuck on the plane on the runway for 2 hours due to weather, i was sitting across the aisle from him and he asked me to sit in the empty seat next to him! long story short we've been together ever since and getting married this october! if you're really interested you can read the whole story on our wedding website: adamjessicagetmarried.com.

jessica

Peter said...

Hmm, I'm not sure I'm suppose to be reading your blog--but, I find it really fun. Anyway, I met my amazing wife on the subway. I hadn't taken it in over a year, biking everywhere, but it was too cold to bike home that night. She was standing on the L platform at Union S in a purple trench coat, with her beautiful short black hair and big dark eyes. I think I stared at her the whole way (in a non-creepy way) and we ended up getting off at the same station in Brooklyn. As we were walking down the street (she was in front of me) I noticed that her headphones were hanging out of her bag and dragging on the street. I sped up, tapped her on the shoulder, and let her know. She said thanks and well, we started chatting. Eventually, she went west, i continued south, and before we went our separate ways, I asked her for her name and number. We dated for like 3 weeks, she dumped me, all my guy friends were totally not helpful and said things like "man, that sucks, she was amazing." Fortunately, she gave me another chance. This June will be our 5th anniversary and we have the best little daughter whose three.

Unknown said...

We met in high school! I went to a tiny school with only 50 kids in my class so when junior prom rolled around, I was tired of not having anyone I was interested in. So, I worked up my courage and called up an old friend from a different school who I hadn't seen in a few years to ask if he was interested in going with me. Turns out he had a girlfriend at the time who wasn't too keen on letting him go to another girl's prom. He felt bad so he offered to set me up with his best friend. I agreed (out of desperation), we went to the dance, didn't quite hit it off right away, but somehow ended up together and madly in love a few months later. The crazy part of the story though is that we broke up when we went off to different colleges and didn't see each other again until one night on Christmas break of our senior years. We decided it was time to catch up and be friends and, well, it's been 3 years since that night and we've never looked back.

Amanda

OliviaKyle said...

Aww, love your story! We met working at a pizza place, I had a really huge crush on him:)

Laura said...

My husband and were both philosophy majors in college and actually met at philosophy club! We hit it off at a philosophy club part following a conference where he'd heard me present a paper and our first date was going to another philosophy party together. Yes we are just that cool:) Although we both have completely unrelated jobs, he's an attorney and I'm a lobbyist, we still read and discuss philosphy and it's been a big influence on how we raise our daughter.

ShoKa said...

We've met in high school, and we knew we will be together!
After high school he went to New York for...7 years!
At that time I dated with anothe guy for...5 years!
And...He came back! Now we're married :)

Lynn said...

I was in the elevator, headed to a friend's apartment for a birthday bbq, and a guy with golf clubs got on. I asked if he was going to watch the US Open final(it was Sunday) and he said yes. We chatted politely, he asked if I had pizza in my hands, I didn't it was a cookie cake. He then asked if it was a cake with a giant cookie on top and I laughed, like what's wrong with you? He got off at 13 and I noticed his apartment was right by the elevator (for reference)and I went on up to 18th to my friends.

After the BBQ I decided to go knock on his door and see if he wanted to watch golf together some time (obviously not my true intention). We've been doing long distance bouncing between Chicago (where he lives and I once did), NYC (where his client is) and DC (where I live now).


Amy said...

adorable story!

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Caroline | Wild Folk Studio said...

Mark and I met at Sunday brunch. My friend asked me to join her for brunch with her and a few other people, that I didn't know. I was exhausted from the night before, but ultimately decided that it might be fun, plus I was hungry. I sat down at the table with her and two other new faces. Mark and I instantly hit it off. It turned into a 12 hour "first date" that included, brunch, a football game, meeting his parents (NOT joking!), a tarot card reading and dinner. Best day ever. Best man ever.

Nikki said...

My now husband used to own a coffee shop in the town where I went to college (and we still live there today). I thought he was married, but then one of my girlfriends started working there and she found out that the woman who I thought was his wife was actually one of his business partners. At my insistence she invited him out for drinks with us one night. We talked all night, then I went in for the kill and gave him a kiss goodnight. The rest is history!

Sara said...

RIGHT! Trust me. :) I was single for so long that I was sure it might be permanent. Then, I met my soul mate & it was worth the wait. I used to hate it when people would say, "it'll happen when you least expect it." But it ended up being the truth for me.

jobonga said...

We met on okcupid.com 24 hours after I decided to give online dating a try. A week later we went met for dinner and a solo guitar show. I found it endearing when he accidentally used the women's bathroom. He later said he knew he had a chance when I made a sci-fi reference. We asked the guitarist to sign an album for us, and he said he had a good feeling about us. Two years later we are married and just barely expecting our first (shhh...). He's the kindest person and I love him more everyday.

Sara said...

RIGHT! Trust me. :) I was single for so long that I was sure it might be permanent. Then, I met my soul mate & it was worth the wait. I used to hate it when people would say, "it'll happen when you least expect it." But it ended up being the truth for me.

Jennifer said...

I met my husband in 3rd grade, although apparently our moms met when they were pregnant with us both:) We didn't start going out until after college though!
~Jennifer

jennifertrovato.blogspot.com

Emily said...

I had a crush on a boy all throughout high school, but I was too shy to ever let him know how I felt. He graduated and went to college a year ahead of me, and I moved to New York City the following year to attend school. I still couldn't stop thinking about him, so before I visited our hometown that summer I simply wrote "Oh, hello" on his Facebook wall. That hello generated an invitation to a coffee date that turned in to a 6 hour evening spent together talking. 3 years of long distance and many plane tickets later, and we are happily married. In our case, "You had me at hello" truly applies!

Sara said...

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Emma said...

We met through my blog. I run a site called Philly Love Notes where people write love letters to Philadelphia. I meet them at their favorite spot to take photos for the post. He walked into his favorite diner, and I was floored. Looking back, I don't even remember our conversation, I just remember being unbelievably nervous. I stumbled our way through the meeting, casually mentioning that I was a technophobe in desperate need of computer help, but knowing fully that he was a computer whiz. Sure enough, he emailed me later that night to see if I wanted to get drinks and "co-work." We've been together ever since. A true Philly Love Notes love story

Abbey said...

I love all of these comments!

I met him in high school, but he was dating another girl for a while and I wasn't really interested. Then we started talking a lot, and when he broke up with his girlfriend at the end of Junior year I started to think maybe something would happen.. But I went to Europe for a month, and he went to camp and then europe as well. While we were apart he would send me texts about how he missed me and was realizing he really liked me. On the day we were supposed to fly back to Houston, we missed one of our connecting flights and had to take a later flight out. He ended up coming home early for a family thing and we ended up on the same flight from London to Houston. I think we both knew at that moment something was meant to be. He asked me out a week later and we've been together for five years!

Gina said...

I met my husband in kindergarten class. We met up again in high school (he moved to another school district). We started dating in high school, we were both on the debate and scholar's teams. Needless to say, our bond stems from the fact we're both giant nerds. We got married 11 years to the day we started dating :)

P.S. Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward is my favorite Hollywood couple of all time!!

Eagle Eye said...

Met my first love at a tiny private airport when I came there with my dad to sign up for flight lessons. I was 18 years old and blissfully innocent; saw his blue eyes and black hair from across the room, and my heart fell to the floor. He became my dad's and my instructor; I lost my heart to him completely, especially during our longer flights. I was always striving to impress, make him laugh, and be the best student he would ever have! Even though 3 years of complimentary personalities + talking, and 100 days of a long-distance relationship didn't ultimately end up being a lasting thing, I still remember every detail about that time. All are completely fond memories!

Liron said...

We met on JDate.com! And were married after three months! We now have a beautiful 20-month-old (we were NOT pregnant when we got married!! Lol!)

Corrie Anne said...

We met on eHarmony!! :) I looked at his profile with a friend and said,"He's from Winona!" We were like -- that's close. And he was the only guy I really talked to. We met after a month, fell in love on our third date, long distance dated for two years, and were married in 2011! :)

AP said...

We met a bar in Brooklyn. He had just flown in from Australia that evening, dropped his bags at a buddy's apartment and headed straight to the local bar. He sat down next to me. I was the first American girl he spoke to. :)

Sara said...

"in a non-creepy way" haha --- cute story! :) cheers to second chances!

Jennifer said...

I met my husband at a law school Halloween party. I was pregnant Britney Spears and he was a ninja turtle. I offered him some cheetos and then we danced to "My Humps" (with my pretend pregnant belly). The best part is so many people remember the moment we met. Despite how ridiculous it was, it is still one of those amazing moments in my life that I will never forget.

Brandy said...

I love your story Joanna (partly, I'll admit, because I was the pursuer in my relationship as well!). My husband and I met 13.5 (yikes!) years ago at a church college group possum hunt!! It is not quite as crazy "Deliverance" country as it sounds. The "possums" are paper bags with reflective tape eyes that are hidden in the woods for a scavenger hunt. . .okay, it is pretty country after all :).
Anyway, it was my first event, and I was only seventeen, feeling a bit out of place when the skinniest boy I'd ever seen pulled up in a little white egg of a car. My first thought was, nifty, someone my age (at seventeen, I looked 25, and at 21, Jason looked 17. . . we were not, in fact, the same age at all). No romantic attraction that first night, or for many months to come, but I got a new friend, who became my best friend, who became my worst enemy, and eventually my amazing husband of 9.5 years. It's a long story. . . :)

Jacki said...

It's a very long story ... but the short version, we first met almost 10 years ago. He was my new boss at my summer job. We were friends for years and both went through a marriage and a divorce (and he had a son) and 8 years after we met we ended up together :)

ourearleylife said...

That's hilarious! My husband and I were acquaintances from 5th grade onward, but we were in drama class together my senior year when I saw him quote the Miracle Max scene from Princess Bride and new that he was the one!

Mommy, Papa and the 'Nuts said...

My husband, of three kiddos and almost 10 years, met on a train traveling from Venice to Rome Italy. He spoke broken English and me ZERO Italian but we exchanged emails after talking (what we could) about his trip the year before in the USA. We emailed all summer and I went back for two weeks to take photos in the italian countryside with him as my tour guide...we hated each other...but after a week one night over a bottle of chianti, we clicked. I moved to Italy the next January and we were married in June. <3

Brandy said...

Nerd love is the best love!

AP said...

We met a bar in Brooklyn. He had just flown in from Australia that evening, dropped his bags at a buddy's apartment and headed straight to the local bar. He sat down next to me. I was the first American girl he spoke to. :)

Anna said...

My boyfriend and I met online! I had previously used match.com and went on some hilariously bad dates (seriously, I need to write a book). After spending too much money on match.com, I later joined (free) OkCupid and my current boyfriend messaged me to tease me about how only old people read National Geographic (I had mentioned it in my profile). We messaged for a week or so before he asked me out to dinner. The day of the dinner I was SO nervous... I had already started to like him a lot based on our emails and was going to be so sad if he didn't live up to my expectations. Luckily, he did! We went for BYOB Thai food then a speakeasy for cocktails. That was 3.5 years ago! :)

I LOVE online dating (even if it doesn't work out... it's fun to meet new people, get cocktails/dinner, and have at least a funny story, if not a new relationship). I tell all my single friends to online date!

Brandy said...

The two of you have a fabulous story!

amelia stine said...

Our first popper meeting was my first day o the floor working at Starbucks. I was 18. He had to help me ring him up using his employee discount ( i had never done it before after all!) . After that I made up every excuse to have to go to his Starbucks for 'product'. Later we realized we had vaguely meet before ( more or less exchanged glances from a far a few weeks prior. It took us 6 months to start dating. We married 7.5 years later!

Alyssa Liles said...

I met my beau at a mutual friend's house party. We ran into each other there 3 or 4 times before we wound up staying the night at our friends house talking till morning. He then finally asked me out a few days later! A total of 18 months long distance, and a 1,200 mi move, and we're going on 4 years!

Sarah Hamilton said...

I was super bummed one night that I had to work at Barnes & Noble instead of going to my friends' record signing party. The moment I walked out on to the sidewalk after work, I spotted another friend talking to a guy with GREAT hair.
All three of us decided to catch a band we knew playing down the street. I proceeded to flirt with him all night.... as another guy hit on me throughout the night!
It took another encounter, at an event a week later, to finally get it across to him that I wanted HIM (and not one of the other guys hanging around) to call me!
The next day he called, and we've talked every day since... for over 5 years now!
So thankful for him, our great marriage and his STILL great hair!

Paige Greenfield said...

We met on Match.com and are getting married in September : ) The first time I met him I was so incredibly nervous I had butterflies in my stomach. I almost didn't want to get out of the cab. But as soon as he laughed (within about 30 seconds) all of my fears melted away and it's been the same ever since.

Mariclare Cole said...

I met him at a New Year's Eve party 11 years ago! I was 18 and he was 20. The moment I saw him my heart skipped a beat. He looked exactly how my dream man looked, it was the stuff of magic. We barely talked that night, but I became integrated into his circle of friends and by that summer we knew we had something between us. Now we've been living together for almost 8 years and plan to elope in Hawaii in may (shhh) after driving across the country to LA to catch our flight. hehe :)

amelia stine said...

Proper *

Heather said...

I met my sweet (oblivious) husband at his apartment! Some of my friends moved into a new apartment over the summer, and lucky me, they also got a new roommate. I went over to make them dinner one night, and a very tall blond boy joined us. I was a little annoyed, having never met him, but in the end he was the best uninvited dinner guest!

thehistoryofever.com said...

I met my husband three and a half years ago at the beach... We were both living in NYC at the time, and had both come out to the beach for the weekend to escape the hot pavement in the city! His memory: immediately hating my pink sunglasses and thinking I looked spoiled (?) My memory: I wonder if his mom will love me. The rest is history!

Emily said...

My boyfriend (who's also 10 years older, reminds me of you and Alex!) and I met for the first time at a seafood restaurant we both were working at. I was in the second semester of my senior year of high school hostessing and he had just returned from culinary school in Paris and was waiting tables while searching for a chef position in town. I was immediately attracted to him but he was older and dating someone at that time. We became friends amd he always acted protective of me, so I was under the impression he viewed me more like a little sister. Which was fine at the time and I valued his company for the six months I worked there.

Time passed, we lost touch. I went off to college, gained some life and love experience, graduated, and moved back home. I got a part-time job as an event planner at a museum in town and was working my first fundraiser. Lo and behold, guess who was the executive chef of the catering company we were using? :)

Six years later after meeting for the first time and both finding ourselves single, he asked me out. It's been two years and I couldn't be happier!

Bailey Sheldon said...

He was a director in a showcase of student written plays. It was the first show I'd ever costumed. I couldn't take my eyes off him during rehearsal. He was older, had seen the world and had an incredible sense of leadership. The play he'd written was my favorite before I knew he wrote it. He told me after the show was finished he was impressed by the detail in the costumes (be still my heart). A couple weeks after he was dumped rather brutally by his girlfriend I went to the bar to watch him do stand-up comedy and we ended up talking til 2am on a Tuesday. From that point on he's been my best friend and we've worked on multiple shows. The fact that we can work together professionally with full faith in each other is something I never thought I'd be so lucky to have in a man who asked me to marry him just a few months ago.

Freya Lily said...

Jake and I went to high school together. I cheated off his math and spanish homework but didn't bat two eyelashes at him (I also found out later he had a huge rush on me!). After high school, we both went to different colleges and a few years later we reconnected on Facebook. After two years of flirtatious messages, late night phone calls and always turning to each other when our current relationships. After he graduated college (he's a year younger then me), I was in a really dark place. He called me one night to tell me he signed with a company and was moving to Connecticut. Then he asked, "are you coming?" and the rest is history!

Ana said...

He was on vacation in Brazil (where I am from). We were both at the same nightclub, when a random guy asked if I could talk to his friend. The same guy told him he'd like to introduce him to a girl. We met, talked, had 2 dates and then he went back home. After 6 months of online courtship, I got a job in California! Our second wedding anniversary is next month! :)

PoppysStyle said...

I LOVE hearing these stories - I recently re-posted ours from when we first met at college at St. Andrews (long before Kate and William!) http://poppys-style.com/2013/01/18/21-years-later/

Lisa Lisa Lisa said...

Your story is so cute! It's all about setting the stage, huh?
My serious boyfriend and I met when I was visiting college friends in DC. He walked up to me in a bar (!!! The last place I want to meet anyone!) and I snubbed him for a good hour. It wasn't until my friends chatted with him and said "Lisa, he is funny, we like him" that I let my guard down. Now, just over a year and a half later, I moved from across the country to live in the same city as him. We did the long distance thing for a year and we were so sure of it that we both shifted our lives to make it work. Here we are, happy and healthy :)

Sue Erneta said...

We met at a party in my apartment. He was a friend of a friend. That apartment meant so much to me. It was the place where we met, where we first kissed (that night!), where we came home to as a married couple, and where we brought our baby daughter home. She was 6 weeks old when we moved to the suburbs and I still miss that tiny one-bedroom apartment in a cookie cutter high rise on the Upper East Side.

Joy Oelen said...

ahhh so cute! Guys!!!

Wendy Blue said...

I met my current boyfriend 7 months ago. I'd seen his profile pic on my good friend's facebook over the years and always thought he was a real cutie - but married (I've been divorced for 5 years). Last spring I found out not only had his marriage of 28 years ended, he was living in the same building as my good friend, right across the street from me! I really tried to avoid meeting him, knowing he was fresh of of a longterm relationship and not entirely sure whether my good friend was interested in him for herself. Finally we met in late June and the chemistry was instant - you konw that feeling you get when you just know it's gonna be good together! We went to the fireworks one evening shortly after with neighborhood friends and my kids and their friends, and I gave him a "look" good night so he'd know I meant business. A couple of nights later my good friend, he and I had a (few too many) tequila shots (complete with licking salt off eachother's arms and shoulders!). My girlfriend told me she had no real interest in him, so I let her know my intentions and 7 months later we're pretty much inseparable. He's 50 with a grown son and I'm 43 with 3 kids aged 9, 11 and 13. You'd think the whole dating/romance thing would be over by now, but truth be told it's hotter in my forties than ever before.

hes said...

We were set up by a mutual friend in college. She told him that I really wanted to go to our dorm's winter dance but didn't want to go without a date. She told me that HE really wanted to go but didn't want to go without a date. Because we both felt bad for the other person (ha!), we agreed to pinch hit for the other. Fast forward to 4 years later and counting...we got engaged this past December! :).

pernambuco said...

on the bridge in Dublin! Later on we to Belfast with a group of friends, and he was there too. And before going to sleep in a crowded room, he spotted a giant bruise on my knee (i fell down in front of running tram! luckily i didnt die as i wouldnt meet him!;), and he found my story enough to start liking me, and so we are here, 5 years later :)

Jessica Matthews said...

I first met my husb at a church youth group bowling night. At first glance I was not attracted to him at all, he was super clean cut and I liked scruffy/grungy guys. That was in June of 2002. We became good friends and by October of that year I was completely head over heels in love with him. He FINALLY asked me out on our first date (fishing on the lake at the ranch where he lived/worked) in April of 2003. We were married in 2005 and had a baby boy in October 2011.

Janel said...

I met my husband in the Army, he was the medic for my unit. We served in Iraq together and used our leave to get married in New Zealand. We spent almost the entire first year of our marriage in a war zone!

Elisabeth said...

My husband and I met at summer camp. He was a counselor a the boy's camp and I was support staff. Because of some strange scheduling that summer, during orientation all of the female counselors had left and the support staff was supposed to do team-building activities with the male counselors. I had seen my husband once before, but he was super quiet, so we never actually spoke.

Anyway... on one of the first days, we were supposed to hike up Mt. Major, which overlooks the lake where we were working. I hiked up with his friend, who is chatty and great and went on to be the best man at our wedding. When I got to the top, about five guys were sitting on top of a rock wall and there was one spot, next to my husband. I was actually kind of frustrated because although I thought although this guy (my husband) was super cute, he never talked and so I felt really awkward.

We exchanged a few pleasantries, then my friend made it to the top and I left as quickly as I could, while still being polite. On the way down the mountain I was talking to the future-best-man and my future-husband tagged along. Half way down, our future-best-man left to talk to another girl and I was left with this super quiet guy that made me feel nervous and fluttery. We ended up talking about shared interests: running track and field, outdoor activities, etc.

It was funny because when we started to like each other and I told my female friends at camp they were always super surprised. They all said, "Really?! But he never talks!" Years later I found out that my husband and specifically sat on the rock wall so that the only empty spot was next to him (he thought I was pretty and fun).

Cristina said...

We met online after my sister recognized his profile photo and had worked with him in the past. Turns out we had friends in common from his international school in Saudi Arabia and mine in the UK. Fifteen years later we met in NYC all because my sister was an extra on a film set!

deanna said...

We met online! I was reluctant to go on the date but agreed to coffee. When I arrived the placed was closed, and I thought I was off the hook! When I turned to leave, I spotted him next door getting an ice cream cone. He asked me if I had eaten dinner (I had not), but I couldn't think fast enough to lie, so he suggested we go around the corner for a bite. Yikes! After two solid hours of conversation, I was glad I had been unable to tell a fib! He is truly my best friend, and 6 years, 2 dogs and tons of laughs later, we're celebrating our first year of marriage at the end of March!

Courtney Mehaffey said...

I met my husband on eHarmony! Back before people admitted to such things. I did out
On a whim and read his profile and knew we had to meet. I bugged him on the site
Till he would talk to me :) he was in Florida and i was in California. I
Didn't care. I knew he was the one for me. Our first date
Was four months later when I flew to Florida to meet him
For the first time! We have been together ever since!! Love makes you do crazy things and
I am so glad I went for it.

Maureen McGinnis said...

I met my fiance in a ridiculously hot and sweaty music venue on July 4th. We were both playing shows that night and I was the solo act playing before his band. To this day I find it hilarious that I met anyone that night, let alone the person who I'll spend the rest of my life with, because I was literally covered in sweat, head to toe. There was no A/C and we were in Georgia where July is no joke. After we both played we had a long, great conversation at the bar. As we were leaving we made a bet (about some obscure cover song) and exchanged numbers to text each other once we found out the answer. I lost the bet and texted him, "So what do you want as your prize?" His reply: "Another good conversation." He asked me to meet him for a date that Monday and we have been continuing that good conversation for four and a half years (and hopefully many, many more.) :)

Julia said...

He asked me out in 6th grade and I said, "No, we're all too young to be dating!" Felt guilty about turning him down for years. I moved away and 5 years later two of our mutual friends started dating. We started dating with a 45 minute drive separating us. Then when we went to different colleges, it was a 2.5 hour drive. Then when I went to grad school and he went to LA for film, it was a 4 hour flight. After 9 years of long distance, we finally live together in Seattle and are engaged! People ask me how we did long distance for so long and, honestly, I don't know...but we certainly honed our communication skills over all that time!

Sarah said...

My boyfriend and I met 2.5 years ago on a Labor Day camping trip with friends. I thought he was a rich pretty-boy and except for making fun of him for wearing jeans on to hike Yosemite (not flirty teasing, but actual "who does that???"), I didn't talk to him the whole trip. After a few drunk texts from him throughout the year (which I don't know if I ever responded to), the group went camping the following year-- and I showed up with my then-boyfriend. He was bummed, I was completely unaware, blah blah blah.

A month later, said boyfriend and I broke up, and Drew started going to the weekly pub trivia nights where our group of friends met after work and doing sweet things like picking up my housemates on his way to the pub.

Three months after that, we drunkenly hooked up on my birthday. Next morning, I hopped in the shower, came out ten minutes later, and he was gone. (He had nervously hitched a ride home.) THEN we dated. I met his parents on date #3 (They had no idea that we were dating. Awkward.) And it will officially be a year as of next week, and I couldn't be happier with him!

Ashley said...

6 years ago I had just moved into a new cute apartment (my first time living alone!) and also was in the market for a car. I went for a stroll the day I got the apartment keys and by pure luck, I saw the most amazing and perfect car for sale parked across the street: A beautiful blue 1988 Volkwagen Fox...for $1000, totally in my budget! The owner took me for a ride, and I bought it for $750 the next day-instant love. The owner, Ted, was my neighbour, and he helped put my licence plates on for me, brought me over spare car keys, showed me how to use the stereo system and totally stole my heart; this past November, we got married! Even though the car has since died, we keep a picture of the Fox on the fridge as a remembrance of the car that brought us together and I still have the For Sale sign in the back of my closet :)

Lindsay Erin said...

I knew of him, but never met him. Our dads used to work together and, at 6 days old, he attended my parents' wedding. My mom took note of him at his sister's wedding a few years before we met, wondering why I wouldn't date a "nice guy like him."

We met in college. He was sitting in the back corner of the class and I invited him to sit with me. There was no initial spark (He thought I was boring, I thought he was rude), but a friendship grew. Sparks flew during a group date to the movies. Two years later, we were married!

thosedamamericans.com said...

I love this post! We met at a bar through a mutual friend, and I let him crash (on the couch, of course) at my place. In the middle of the night, my roommate's crazy ex-boyfriend BROKE IN and tried to steal our rocking chair! My husband thought it was an actual burglar and tried to FIGHT him for the chair! It was hilarious! So, I like to tell people that the first thing we did together was fill out a police report. Four years later, we had a mini rocking chair as our wedding cake topper. <3

Nina said...

Wow, my story is almost the same, except we are jewish. I met him at a college shabbat dinner, didn't like him at first, became friends, and then fell totally in love with him a few weeks later.

Lyss said...

These are so entertaining! I was college housemates with my boyfriend's best friend from home, so he used to visit our place in college - I couldn't stand him. I thought he was pretentious and knew how good looking he was. He thought I was a sarcastic hippie (EVERYONE wore hemp necklaces in 2002, give me a break!). Five years after graduation we were past that and just friends when he walked me home from a party one night and told me that he thinks I am beautiful and amazing and we could have a lot of fun together. That was five years ago, and we have had so much fun together - still have my hemp necklaces somewhere if I really want to test him though...

jo said...

the first time i met my husband he was on a blind date...with my twin sister! yikes! and my boyfriend at the time was his good friend. needless to say we were only friends for a very long time, and then we got together. i'll always be grateful to that ex-boyfriend for introducing us.

S said...

Online at match.com... I found the whole meeting up for dates thing nerve-wracking and after a couple of disasters decided to unsubscribe. My now fiance was the last 'date'. I invited him to my house (I know, I know), had a vodka to steady my nerves, misjudged the measure... His first sighting of me was standing in the lane with a bag of crisps in my hand looking slightly bewildered.
We had a great time - a walk in the countryside nearby, a drink in the pub, curly fries to share on the way home. And he didn't leave until 1am! We now have a five month old baby (living proof that it was worth that last-ditch attempt at online dating). Happy ever after :)

Meredith said...

Love your tactic to have him sit next to you - so cute! My boyfriend and I met while playing flag football in college and became good friends before we started dating!

- said...

I met my husband when a mutual friend brought him over to my apartment for a little get-together. I remember watching him walk up the front steps, uninvited, and thinking, "who the heck is this guy?" I thought he was sort of weird and reserved that night. It NEVER would have occurred to me that I would later fall completely in love with him. So, a word to the single ladies, keep your eyes open, love isn't always at first sight. :)

June Allison Ramos said...

I met Al through work. He is a messenger for the company I work for and he used to come in... all cute, etc. I've always expressed how cute he was. Of course I didn't do anything about it. At some point, I had moved into my then-apartment and was exhausted from a two-day move. I received a call from a random number and it was Al asking to meet me for drinks. My work-friend had given him my number and told him that he should really call me... and he did within 24 hours!

We've been dating for almost four years : )

J+H @ Beyond The Stoop said...

Mutual friend invited lots of friends to the bar. He was coming from a wedding, I was a hot sweaty mess after spending a summer day at Cedar Point. He got my number that night and pretended to butt dial me the next day ;) we went to dinner and drinks the following weekend, and we've been inseparable since, almost 5 years later :)

Kara Workman said...

my boyfriend lived in the apartment across the hall from mine! one night he caught me moving my ex-boyfriends things out (dirty cheater!) and stopped to help. we became friends after that, starting talking every day, and began dating a few weeks later... and the rest is history :)

xx, kara

Tina Bell Stamos said...

We are both from Kansas and met at a Christmas party that I catered. My husbands name is John and I had gone to the party with a different fella named John. He came with our mutual married friends and had recently ended a long relationship. After meeting him, I knew I was with the wrong John. After several attempts at getting our friends to arrange a "hang out" failed, I was thinking I might not see him again. But I thought about him all the time. I even wrote about him in my journal. That was the beginning of December. I went to Chicago at the end of December to spend New Years with friends. While sitting in the Chicago airport, waiting for my flight home to Kansas, I saw John. He was several seating areas away and had just gotten up and was heading into a bookstore. I told my friend "there's that John guy! I'm going to go get him!" I ran to the bookstore feeling determined and focused. I found him looking at comics and definitely surprised him. He quickly shoved a copy of the Economist on top of his stack of comics. He was coming home from visiting his brother in London and we decided to go to the airport bar and have a drink. During our conversation, we discovered the 9 year age difference between us. There was a moment, it was unspoken, but palpable. We looked at each other for a long moment and then jointly, without words decided it was a detail and not a game changer. Neither one of us noticed our flight had been delayed and when we finally looked at the time, we thought we had missed our flight. On the flight, I went to the bathroom 4 times on a 45 minute flight to walk by his seat. He says he stared at the back of my head the entire flight. We had our first date a few weeks later and 10 years later, the rest is history. My marriage has been the greatest adventure of my life.

Jessica Quadra Andrews said...

i met my husband in grad school for creative writing and at the end of the semester, our professor invited our class out for drinks as a last hurrah. my now husband (who then i referred to as the cutest guy in our whole program) emailed to ask me if i wanted to meet before the bar thing for a cup of coffee to "talk about our writing." my girlfriends thought that was pretty funny. a few days after that, we exchanged mixed tapes (well, cds...) and it was a few weeks after that when we went out again on more of an official date. a girl in our program had described him to me before i knew him as "the male version" of me. i thought that was cute but didn't think much of it at the time. but yes, we are totally soul mates and i can't imagine my life without him. as corny or dramatic as that sounds!

RitaMarie said...

That IS an absoultely awesome story! All of these are, but this stood out for me. :)

RitaMarie said...

I'm so glad I found this post while perusing the internet at work. I love all of these comments! :)

Jessie Walker said...

I followed my current boyfriend on Twitter, and immediately had a huge "twitter crush" on him. I got butterflies each time he tweeted me, which felt simultaneously silly and legitimate. He lived in Ohio and I was in Memphis, TN! After about a month, I had invited him (through our Words with Friends game messaging - we didn't even have each other's numbers) to visit our one mutual friend in Memphis. He immediately agreed and drove 12 hours one weekend to meet me in person. We immediately clicked and I knew I was in love. He started job searching in Memphis, and a year later, he made the move down South! I'm happier than I've ever been.

Kate said...

I am British and was studying in Rome. I worked in a bar and my husband walked in one night. he was American and rather drunk. His first words were "I would like a shot of Jager and one day I will marry you". I dismissed him, repeatedly, until he wore me down. That was 16 years ago and we have been together ever since. He was right, he did marry me.

alice in nomansland said...

In line for the bathroom at a party three years ago TODAY...We will be married on February 9th. You truly can meet your soul mate anywhere :)

Jessie Walker said...

The best part is that we also wrote letters (like REAL, handwritten letters) the entire year we were long distance. It started with one-page, friendly notes, and eventually became multi-page romantic (and sometimes steamy) love letters.

Maddy from MPDaily said...

We met at a trade show at Foxwoods Casino in Connecticut (where neither of us lived). I was working a booth and he was walking the show. He kept looking at me and finally out loud I looked at him and said "WHAT?" He came over and chatted for a bit, I remember him asking me what I did for fun which at the time seemed dorky but now look back and think that it was a pretty cute question. From there we emailed and met up a few times. Eventually we started long distance dating and this past summer he moved in with me in Brooklyn. To this day, when I see or hear an advertisement for Foxwood Casinos, I laugh. Their tagline is "Meet Me At Foxwoods" and that is exactly what we did.

melanie said...

We met at work.. on my first day we rode the elevator down to lunch together and he 'mentioned' he had an extra ticket to a yo la tengo concert. the rest is history. :)

Alicia Marie said...

Though our families had been friends for YEARS (our grandparents were/are great friends since their early 20s), I did not actually met my husband till I was 7. He was 5. We met at our small church that my dad had just become the assistant pastor at. He says he remembers the day because he thought he saw an angel. I have no recollection. He staunchly says it is all true and even said his 2nd grade bedtimes prayers that we could "have a relationship". SO hilarious, but true. We started dating the end of my senior year in High School. (I did not notice him till HS, since he WAS younger than me) On and off throughout college and than got married after he graduated from his undergrad. Now we are still happily married for almost 7 years and have two beautiful boys with another one on the way. I can't tease him too much for the 7 rd old angel comment...since I did end up marrying him. Something must have worked ;)

Jaime said...

We were set up by friends, in a mischevious ploy that included: Him scoping me (and a variety of other ladies) out on Facebook. Our friends coming on our first date with us (because in reality they wanted to come to the party more then they wanted us to meet). AND the sweatiest introductory handshake in history (my hand not his) - turns out he's a hugger.

We met outside of a TIFF event, on a street corner. I was late. He was calm, cool, and made me laugh all night. I'm never calm, or cool, and if you can make me laugh - well it's all over. As we left the party to go to the next place he put his hand on the small of my back, I will never forget that moment. The rest of the night consisted of dancing, the most spectacular view of the city and telling each other our best jokes. AND when he finally convinced me to go home...haha...he didn't even kiss me! He made me wait!

We celebrated our one year anniversary at TIFF this past September.

It was worth the wait and the journey still continues...

Vera said...

I met him at a festival at the other side of Europe from where we live. I liked him the first moment I layed me eyes on him. I loved him just a couple days/weeks later. And still do. To pieces.

Bethany T said...

Like many people we met in a college class. The only difference was I was the student and he was the grad student teaching an intro course. I had a crush on him all semester and he asked me to coffee after grades were turned in and I had slyly emailed him about my grade hoping to strike an online conversation. Coffee was horrible and awkward and I thought that was the end of that. After winter break, I happened to run into him off campus and we decided to grab some coffee. This time it was great and he asked me to dinner...and that was ten years ago this month.

Kristin said...

My husband and I met my freshman year in college, his older brother was dating one of my roommates. They broke up three weeks later, we've been together for 9 years.

Bea said...

Oh I love all of these romantic stories!

We met through our best friends, but the funny thing was we'd been at countless parties at the same time but never crossed paths(we have photos of me on the balconey of the party and him in the living room yet we never spoke!). Then, on my 30th, my best friend had a phone call from her husband to see if I'd mind him bringing a few of his friends. I didn't know what the phone call was about - all I saw was her sneaky smile and heard her say "Oh no no, she won't mind at all..." They turned up a few hours later and the sight of him walking up the stairs gave me butterflies. We kissed that first night (well it was my birthday!)and I've been smitten since.

It hasn't been quite happy ever after though - we broke up last May and he LEFT HE COUNTRY (ahh!) but after 7 months apart he got back on a plane and turned up one weekend to figure things out. I know it's not as romantic that we've been through what we've been through, but I like to think the time apart has made us realise how lucky we are to have each other.
Bea x
http://thegoogleyear.blogspot.com.au/

Unknown said...

I met my guy online! After going on 20+ first dates (which was so fun at first... until it wasn't and became more of a chore as I repeated the same stories over and over again), I was about to give up on the whole online dating debacle altogether when a friend convinced me to go on a date with a guy I didn't give a second thought to after a couple messages. I didn't think much of him on our first date - while it was a fine date, I just didn't think he was my usual type. But instead of declining the second date outright, I chickened out and made some lame excuse to get out of it. Little did I know he was going to pursue me for weeks for a second date! He impressed me so much during that time, I had to give him another chance. Fast forward to today, we just moved in together last month and he's become my very best friend in the whole wide world! I'm smitten!

Lady Baughman said...

I met my husband quite literally while walking down the street at the South Street Seaport in NYC on Memorial Day weekend of 2006. He was dressed in his Navy uniform and we ended up hanging out all night until he had to report back to his ship for watch early the next morning. We started "officially" dating about a month later, moved in together about 4 months after that and have been married since 2010!

kpotter19 said...

I met my husband at a trade show in Memphis and we were both instantly smitten. The slightly awkward thing is that I was living in Detroit, he was living in Chicago and we were both half-heartedly dating other people. Ack! Needless to say, we were friends for a while before all the stars aligned.

Amy Plummer said...

At a golf-themed pub crawl in San Francisco's North Beach, of course :)

Loulou said...

Blind date! We were each copied in on an email from our mutual friend Ally ... 'Lou meet Nick, Nick meet Lou. My job here is done.' Fast forward 13 years of marital bliss, and that woman is the most highly regarded person in our lives.

I love your meeting story! And a bunch of the ones I've just read in the comments. So much fun :)

Loulou


Unknown said...

I met my husband at a New England beach nearly 12 summers ago. I was there with a friend and he was there with a group of friends. En route to the beach, one of his friends (who was the best man at our wedding) jokingly said: Let's meet some girls today. New England ocean waters can be extremely cold and the water was cold but I remember the weather was brutally hot. I was swimming and was one of the only people out there. I could tell he was checking me out all day. But he hadn't approached me. As my friend and I were leaving, we had to walk by where he and his friends were sitting. I said, Hi. And he did a double take (he says he can't believe I spoke to him). I said Hello again (semi annoyed-like dude, get your game on!) and he came up to me as my friend and I were packing up my car. We went out on a date a few nights later and the rest is history. We've been married almost 9 years. It's funny to hear his friends talk about their conversation that day. Two of his friends thought I was much younger than I was (I was 25 at the time but may have weighed 95 lbs soaking wet and I'm really short). But my husband, who is a physical therapist, swears that he told them he knew I was older by how I carried myself. They spent much of the day debating on if I was too young for him. I'm so glad I said hi!

Feisty said...

Hubby and I met the summer of 2009. I had been unemployed for about 6 months and was enjoying having time to socialize and make new friends.

One of my girlfriends was trying to set up her best guy friend and invited me and some other girls to go out on the lake to meet her friend Chris, who was on a friend's boat.

It was the first time I'd ever been out on a lake (grew up on the coast), and the guy (Scott) who owned the boat was really sweet and patient. I started going on Chris' boat for sailboat races and inviting him and his friends to our stuff, and three months later Scott asked me out to a hockey game.

And 2 years later on Valentine's day Scott asked me to marry him, and we got married this past June. I remember when I was getting ready to go out to the lake that day and thinking "I'm going to meet my husband today."

Allyn said...

I met my husband through friends, while I was outrageously flirting with another guy. He got bummed because he could tell my thoughts were elsewhere. We were just friends for years. When we finally did start dating, it was a total Doh! How did we miss this?!
We were married within a year of our first date.
Love him.

Mademoiselle Michael said...

That is AMAZING!!!

Paige Geiger said...

We met online! I was on an online dating site only about a week when my future hubby and I started emailing back and forth. We had one phone conversation and a very tentative first meet. He was the only date I ever had from my online adventure. Now, almost 5 years of marriage and two kids later, I find our online encounter romantic. After all, what bigger pond is there than the World Wide Web? And yet we managed to find each other!

Joanna. said...

I met him at college and knew him for a while (I dated his best friend for a few months), we used to walk to the post office on our break so he could take £5 out and spend it all on junk food to eat (he's one of those guys who needs to eat to concentrate or he goes mental), we were walking back to college afterwards and he stopped and asked me out (not particularly romantic). I said yeah okay.

That was six years ago yesterday :)

The next day I met his family and his little brother, who has Aspergers, told me that Olie must like me a lot because he'd lost all his other girlfriends. Best first family meeting ever.

Erzulimojo said...

I love that photo! Fell in love at first sight. New boy in high school passed me in the hall and I leaned back against the wall and followed him with my eyes. We didn't start dating until two years later after he had graduated and I was about to start my senior year. 2 weeks before he left for college, he called me because a friend had told him that I was smitten. We had a romantic long distance relationship, full of letters, artful creations, and ardent reunions at holidays while he was in New Orleans, I was in Boston, he was in Mexico, I was in England, he was in New York and I was in California. Then after nine years of fluttering about we married. Almost 24 years, three kids and four more countries later, we just spend a lovely weekend like newlyweds in Positano. Lucky. So lucky.

JoEllen Bax said...

We were set up ... 15 months later we were married! I too, had to ask him out the second time. He and a buddy were planning a "relationship free" summer! So much for that!

Jennifer N. said...

I met my husband of 9 years working at a Jewish summer camp! I was the arts-and-crafts teacher, he was a prep cook. I had just graduated college with a degree in photography and he was studying photography in San Francisco. I asked him if he wanted to go up to "the ridge" and take some long-exposure night photos since it was a full moon, and the rest is history! Now we own our own photography business in Austin, TX.

Amber said...

My boyfriend of three years and I met through a mutual friend and were both interested in each other and never knew the other was! A few months after we met for the first time, we spent all day together at a friend's beach party... That night I invited him to accompany me to a different party (he didn't go the same college, the keg at the beach party was kicked, and he had nothing to do). Next thing we knew, we were making out on a dingy couch. The next weekend, he came to my college town to visit me instead of our mutual friend. We look back on the night we kissed fondly, calling it "make out night" and have been together since.

gabsbrown said...

He was my yoga teacher for one term in 2006. I moved house so had to stop going to his classes, but every now and then I would email with the odd question - often about yoga, but not always. Five years later, he invited himself to my house for a cup of tea...and now we've bought our own home together...we live in Oxford, UK, and are heading to NYC for the weekend (him to teach yoga to a client, and me to mooch about...) Life is good!

Sarah said...

My husband and I have a cool story. I was living in Denver and visiting Seattle. I went to the fish market where he works (it's the famous one where they throw the fish and a total tourist spot!). When I got there I was totally blown away by how HOT all the guys were. They called me behind the counter and I got to catch a fish and totally made a connection with my now husband. Later, I was walking through the market and my husband was on his last break of the day. I went over an talked to him and my friend I was with encourage me to take my picture with him. I went back home to Denver and sent him the picture with my phone number. He called and the rest is history. I moved up to Seattle 6 months later, and we have that picture framed in our living room. The best part is, the day we met, I told my Mom I had met the guy I was going to marry after just that one conversation with him, and he had told the rest of the fish guys that he had met the girl he should be with!

chic81.com said...

These are so fun to read... I just broke off a long-term relationship where we were engaged and everything, 8 years. But I had to do what made/makes me happy and end it. That said, these stories give me hope, they're all so different and interesting. Thanks for brightening my day everyone.

CortneyLynn said...

He was absolutely gorgeous friend of my older sisters. It took us 3 years of knowing each other to be friends and three years of being friends to start dating. But I always had a crush on him and he me. Even when i wigged out and broke up with him for a whopping 3 weeks.

kittenhood said...

cute story :) I met mine in a pub, a friend introduced us and the 3 of us stayed up drinking till 7 am. he found me online the next day & we have our 4 years anniversary this weekend!

Amber said...

My boyfriend of three years and I met through a mutual friend and were both interested in each other and never knew the other was! A few months after we met for the first time, we spent all day together at a friend's beach party... That night I invited him to accompany me to a different party (he didn't go the same college, the keg at the beach party was kicked, and he had nothing to do). Next thing we knew, we were making out on a dingy couch. The next weekend, he came to my college town to visit me instead of our mutual friend. We look back on the night we kissed fondly, calling it "make out night" and have been together since.

the homesteady said...

my partner kristie was working the register at a hip downtown shop in my massachusetts college town when i was christmas shopping seven years ago. we're getting married in may!

Erica @ Acire Adventures said...

That's a cute story. I met my partner in high school math class. I knew his friend, but thought he was totally obnoxious (he was and still is!). I sat by the obnoxious friend anyways for a few classes, but soon moved to a more peaceful seat. Within a few classes my partner and his friend had to be separated so I got stuck sitting next to my partner, who was not so obnoxious. We alternated flirting, dating, hooking up, and avoiding one another like the plague for 4 years and have been together for the last 5!

igotsapoodle said...

My boyfriend and I were best friends our first two years of college before we got together. I liked him the whole time (and he knew it) but I had to wait and watch him date this other girl first.

After that relationship ended, he and I started hanging out more. One night we were studying at his dorm for a chemistry midterm. We were listening to Miles Davis's Kind of Blue on vinyl and eating Ben & Jerry's. Then he started teaching me how to throw cards really fast across a room by flinging the card from between two fingers. Well, we covered each other in about three decks' worth of cards and you could barely see the floor. Then we kind of started making out (my first kiss! I got my first kiss kind of late at the age of 20) and the rest is history. Four years later I am in grad school and we are living together on the east coast.

Martha said...

My boyfriend (of three years) and I met on match.com. Just after Valentine's Day in 2010, I decided to give online dating a try (after seeing lots of hype on the Smitten blog) but five days in I was ready to delete my account and call it quits. I was receiving weird messages from strangers asking me if I liked to take baths or showers, BUT in the midst of all that, I got my first normal, non-creepy messsage and I replied. About a week later I did delete my account, but it was because I had found someone. He, too, had created his account only recently before we met and says it was $30 well spent :)

Samantha said...

My husband of 3.5 years is my close friend's older brother! I met him for the first time when I was 11 and he was 14. I knew him for years as Nora's brother. We would see him mornings after sleepovers and at their pool in the summer. I always kinda had a crush on him but I was just a kid to him. We started dating the summer after my freshman year of college. I was home for break and he was home after graduating college before starting med school. We have been together for 10 years this June! :) Oh yea, and we are expecting our first baby late this summer!!

LK said...

We met online which he hates! He always says we are entirely too perfect for each other to give match any credit. I have to remind him that we most likely would not have met otherwise. We did frequent some of the same bars so it is possible but unlikely. However, in a weird coincidence, we were in the same small northern Arizona town (we live in Phoenix) the same weekend and he and his friends went to a bar that my best friend and I love. But that same night we decided to go to the bar right next door because our favorite one was so packed. It always makes me think that maybe just maybe we would have met anyway, match just happened to be the way. It's so weird to think that he was next door that night and then 2 weeks later we met!

Lilia said...

Online dating. I was playing with the website, I didn't think anything could come out of it. We were living in different countries but I was near the border of his country. We wrote many long emails, then phone conversations, then we met in person after 3 months of feeling we already knew each other so well and feeling we were meant to be together. We wanted to see if we had the same feelings in real life and we did! We were now in a relationship after the initial trip!

We would work just to be able to pay for our relationship =) Phone bills, airplane tickets, hotels. We would meet once a month and do ton of things that weekend. We felt we knew each other so well, because instead of going to a movie on friday we would only talk over the phone, silly things and important things. An email and phone call per day I would say.

We were engaged 9 months after we met in person and married 5 months after that. We have two beautiful daughters now.

Brittney Tibbetts said...

My husband and I met sophomore year in art class. I actually saw a drawing of him before I saw him. The professor was showing us how to draw facial features and I remember thinking of how dreamy the man in the drawing looked. Later on, and after numerous creepy boys sat by me, he made his way easel by easel until he got a seat by me on the other side of the room. We talked all through art class that semester despite the professor teasing us about talking too much and drawing too poorly-Claiming that our children would have little to no artistic talent. He walked me to my car after every class on Mondays and Wednesdays. On the last day of the semester, we were both fairly devastated knowing that nothing would come of our relationship if one of us didn’t work up the courage to ask for a number or a date. That day, after walking me to my car he finally choked up some words that slightly resemble a request for a date. Two days later we went out for sushi, two years later we got engaged, and a year after that we got married. We are still terrible with art, but I think we can live with that.

Laura said...

Yay! I love reading these! For those of you who don't have one yet, you will. You absolutely, positively, will-run-into-him-tomorrow will. The problem is that you never believe it until you do. But you WILL.

I met my husband through Match.com, having spent nearly my entire 20's in medical school and residency. It was a complete lark, as I had been on some staggeringly bad dates through the same site.

We met at a coffee shop and spent the next five hours together, drinking empty mugs like crazy people and finally getting turned out of the coffee shop and wandering the streets, talking. Our third date, I was so sick, I sounded like a frog. A frog with tuberculosis. I thought for certain that I would never hear from him again. Two months later he told me he was madly in love with me. (My heart races just thinking about it!) I had private anxiety attacks because I was going to be moving away for a job in less than a year. When I finally confessed the realities of my job, he said, "You *know* I'm going wherever you are going." I'm pretty sure I had crazy girl's tears of utter relief. We couldn't let each other go. :) And now we're amazingly crazy-for-each-other married and have a baby boy due in June.

ELLEN WOONT said...

We met on a sailing trip in Greece!

Allie said...

We met a soul music club. I was meeting another guy there for our second date, but he was late. So Josh approached me and started talking to me. I could barely hear anything he said, it was so loud. But I just nodded and smiled. We danced, and then I told him I was meeting someone else there, but still gave him my number. The other guy didn't work out, so the rest is history!

RitaMarie said...

My husband and I met on match.com and the congruencies in our lives that would have caused us to meet "anyways" somewhere down the line are sooo wild, too! We have so many of the same friends and connections in our lives. I think "6 degrees of separation" would have made us meet anyways.

Laura @ Chaotic Domestic said...

I met my husband bowling in a league. Wouldn't have expected that to be where!

jordan ring said...

My husband and I met in the first grade! He had a big crush on me and I didn't feel the same way...at all. We grew up together, and at the end of our senior year of high school, he confessed his feelings for me, and I didn't not feel the same way. We went on our separate paths and careers. We didn't speak for 8 years,and then in Sept.2011, he looked me up and we ended up talking for hours. He had matured into such a lovely man who HAD HIS LIFE TOGETHER (amen)! We finally met for dinner, and then 13 months later, we tied the knot :)

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